Friday, October 15, 2010

By the numbers

This year’s Power 100 has just been published by Art Review and not too surprisingly it is topped by global art dealer Larry Gagosian (5th place last year and 2nd the year before).
The first woman to appear on the list is Bice Curiger, Venice Biennale curator and Parkett mag editor, coming in at number 6. In fact there are 10 women in the top 25. The first artist, Ai Weiwei, is at number 13 but let's not forget that in 2008 Damien Hirst topped the list and he was 53rd this year, so it's a fickle business. Of the top ten, three are dealers, three are public art museum directors, three are collectors and just one is a curator (now that tells you something.) Only three of this year's top ten have been in the top ten for the last three years and they are dealer Gagosian, museum director Serota and collector Pinault. Blessed symmetry.
Image: Larry Gagosian captured by OTN paparazzi last year in Berlin